They weren't meant to be complements, but yes, they could
be more derisive.
The LA Daily News and LA Times are
the primary news sources for that area. However, just because a story isn't covered in one of their news
papers doesn't mean that the story wasn't written or the event never happened. On top of that, just because someone else reported the story doesn't
make it automatically false until the local newspapers jump on it. There are stories that are broken that the local media doesn't cover until it
becomes a national news story. On top of all that, just because a right wing blog breaks a story, that doesn't make it automatically false. I seem to
recall Dan Rather running with a story he really wanted to believe before a little right wing blog known as Little Green Footballs exposed the story
for the fraud it was.
Now, in regards to going after the schools locking down to prevent more students from walking out, probably not. From what I currently understand,
some schools did have lockdowns after students were protesting and trying to drag as many other students to this rally creating a walkout, and the
LAUSD may have a policy to allow students to walk out. This is questionable, however, because the only reference to this policy is a memo stating
students should not be stopped from walking out. Locking down a school to prevent students from leaving, however, is not
any kind of political
indoctrination, nor does it appear to be illegal. The kids are required to be in class, by law
, unless a parent or guardian takes them out, and
this particular school elected to enforce this by locking down the school.
As to the fines, I can only assume you're talking about the truancy fines? Those aren't made up. Ditching school is illegal
. It is typically
a misdemeanor offense. If a cop nails you for being out of school, he will arrest you, write you a ticket, and bring you to school. That, too, is not
political indoctrination. If they didn't give the fines for truancy because the kids were going to a political rally, then that
would be a
form of political indoctrination. Fact is, the truancy officers did the same thing on the day of the rally as they do every day. It just so happened
that on that day a few more students were out and about when they shouldn't have been.
So is it now ultra-conservative to enforce the law?
[edit on 11-16-2005 by junglejake]